I hear that all the time, but I'm a bit of a tightwad, so I'm not going there. I always try to have my vehicles worth more than what I have into it, so I'm always looking for deals when I upgrade.
I picked up this 4cyl/5spd '98 recently. Not many issues (tore up window, dirty, flaking paint on the wheels, faded flares) and it runs great. As it should, it's only got 68k miles on it. And I bought it because it was... cheap. $1500 under KBB.
I like the TJ Moab wheels... but they are always priced too high. Next best thing, JK Rubicon wheels. Yes, I'll need adapters, but those aren't too expensive.
I found this set with BFG Mud Terrain T/As at 60% tread. Listed for $750, talked him down to $540 (wife wanted them out of the garage.... NOW). Best part? They included a set of 5 Spidertrax adapters, lugnuts, and 5 keyed lock nuts.
Amazon delivered my Teraflex 2" budget boost on Friday, so I got to work this weekend. Looks much better and the little four cylinder seems to have plenty of grunt to spin up those big tires.
The day I picked up the wheels, I also picked up a tubular bumper (front and rear, although the rear may be too damaged to use) from someone else. The guy noticed the pile of tires in the back and said "I have something you might want". He came back with an adjustable adapter for mounting the spare tire, which he threw in free of charge.
The guy I bought the wheels from installed new flares, and called me up to offer his old flares (stock '03 Rubicon) which were in excellent shape. I talked him down on price and bought those too.
Finally, I picked up a pair of JW Speaker HID flood lights.
Since I've been light on time to tinker, I decided to tackle another problem that I could address quickly. When I bought the Jeep, it had no courtesy lights at all. I added a bulb to the stock footwell light, and quickly figured out there were no other light fixtures anywhere in my base model Wrangler and the light really wasn't adequate.
At work, we had some LED modules we were trying out for a new product. Once they figured out which they were going with, they were going to throw out the samples... so I took them. I used four to illuminate my Jeep. Two are in the normal footwell locations, then two are underneath the lip of the tub on either side of the rear seat. Total cost? About $1.50 for a few butt connectors.
My camera takes poor low-light pictures, but I tried to get a good comparison for the lighting before and after. The rear lighting really didn't show up well, in reality it is almost as bright as the front.
Got the lights installed. They are JW Speaker HID flood lights rated at 1900 lumen each.
I did spend a few more bucks buying an OEM style switch, relay, and some wiring supplies, so I'm into the lights about $150 now. I'm real happy with the light output though, definitely worth the price.